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Sea Lion Caves

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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No Sea Lions

There were no sea lions when I visited, but to their credit, they told me in advance. They offered... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2018
Conyers, GA
Fun stop on our Oregon Coast trip

We had a great time visiting the sea lions and watching them at the caves. It's definitely worth at... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2018
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“elevator ride”(52 reviews)
“fudge”(41 reviews)
Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where Steller sea lions and their cubs take shelter each year. Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. The Caves has been in operation since 1932...more
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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All reviews gift shop elevator ride fudge viewing area their natural habitat observation deck sea lion cave the cliff oregon coast bring binoculars fun stop nice stop unique experience heceta head lighthouse parking lot light house smell
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While visiting Florence we stopped here on a whim after a day of hiking and tide pooling. The smell is overpowering and terrible but the sights and sounds sure make up for it. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life. Immediately walking off...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves! Nothing makes our day better than hearing from happy customers! Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first went to see the Sea Lions outside. There was a small storm there, but the Sea Lions didn't worry about the weather. Then we went to the cave for a long time, enjoying the Sea Lions. Some were playing, others were swimming and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 7 December 2018

What a great look into our ocean wildlife. Going down into the caves gives an unclose look at stellar sea lions with a huge amount of information about their lives. Take your binoculars, not your cameras. There are several steps to get down to the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 November 2018

There were no sea lions when I visited, but to their credit, they told me in advance. They offered me a rain check to come back within 12 months, so I went down and looked at the cave, even though there was nothing in there....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018

We had a great time visiting the sea lions and watching them at the caves. It's definitely worth at stop at least once! And even though I'm not a gift shop person, their gift shop had great yard art of sea creatures - love this...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank debbiemX1405UB
Reviewed 6 November 2018

The Sea Lion Caves is a wonderful place to stop on Highway just south of the Heceta Head Lighthouse. They have a wonderful gift shop with fudge sampling and a trip down to view the seals in the cave is worth the time and entertaining...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Don H
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

We have visited this location numerous times since 1991. Our latest visit was the first during the fall season and the only time there were not hundreds of sea lions. It did have the benefit of no stench which is quite prevalent in the cave...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

I've been to Sea Lion Caves twice before, once in April and once in October, and both times there were sea lions in the caves. Fun experience riding the elevator through the rock and the cave is enormous. If you've never been inside a cave...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cheryl R
Reviewed 27 October 2018

The ticket collector is very clear about what will be seen (or not). During our visit there were no sea lions in the cave but it was still a worthwhile visit. They discount the pricing depending on cave conditions and are still a tad expensive...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LaurenM287
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

This place is good for the views both above and underground. If the sea lions are in the cave it can be crowded with people. If the sea lions are out to sea the gift shop will offer you a discounted ticket to still explore...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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13 September 2018|
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Response from Kitty B | Reviewed this property |
It is a cave, but will be windy and cold. The roads are very narrow and winding, so with the rain and wind can be dangerous traveling. The sea lions are now year round residents, so there should be some taking their leisure.
28 May 2018|
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Response from di0uf | Reviewed this property |
Cloudy...they are inside the cave...they are a bachelor group that didn't find a mate...so they lolll around and eat and sun.Bring coats....even in full sun the wind off the ocean is @ 50 DEGREES and 10-25 mph
8 October 2017|
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Response from DVD1961 | Reviewed this property |
I would advise you to check the webcam online to see if the sea lions are even there most of the time I've been there in April I was just fine and that my wife and I just came back from the sea lion caves and there are tons... More